The clay became man at the moment in which a being for the first time was capable of forming, however dimly, the thought of “God”. The first Thou thathowever stammeringlywas said by human lips to God marks the moment in which the spirit arose in the world. Here the Rubicon of anthropogenesis was crossed. For it is not the use of weapons or fire, not new methods of cruelty or of useful activity, that constitute man, but rather his ability to be immediately in relation to God. This holds fast to the doctrine of the special creation of man ... herein ... lies the reason why the moment of anthropogenesis cannot possibly be determined by paleontology: anthropogenesis is the rise of the spirit, which cannot be excavated with a shovel. The theory of evolution does not invalidate the faith, nor does it corroborate it. But it does challenge the faith to understand itself more profoundly and thus to help man to understand himself and to become increasingly what he is: the being who is supposed to say Thou to God in eternity.
posted on 03/24/2013 9:06:31 AM PDT
(Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
posted on 03/24/2013 9:38:04 AM PDT
(Forgiven, not perfected)
Thank you for posting that on this fine Palm Sunday morning up here in Alaska.
posted on 03/24/2013 9:49:34 AM PDT
Should be a Doctor of the Church someday. Totally unappreciated by the modern world. His writings are brilliant.
posted on 03/24/2013 10:44:20 AM PDT
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